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Petrified Time: Poems from Makronisos Yiannis Ritsos

Petrified Time: Poems from Makronisos

Yiannis Ritsos

Published November 1st 2014
ISBN : 9781937693237
Paperback
106 pages
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Poetry. Translated from the Greek by Martin McKinsey and Scott King. Bilingual Edition. Written in 1949 while interred on the Greek prison isle of Makronisos, the poems in PETRIFIED TIME (translated in its entirety and printed with the Greek en face)MorePoetry. Translated from the Greek by Martin McKinsey and Scott King. Bilingual Edition. Written in 1949 while interred on the Greek prison isle of Makronisos, the poems in PETRIFIED TIME (translated in its entirety and printed with the Greek en face) document this harrowing time in the poets life. As Martin McKinsey states in his introduction to this collection, Aside from their documentary interest, what makes them worth reading is their luminous imagery, drawing on the Greek oral tradition of fairytales and folksongs (especially Klephtic ballads), and the controlled power of their free-verse idiom. Their purposefulness should also serve as a reminder of what it means for an artist to step out of him or herself, and conceive of an art that is not simply a record or critique of what is, but a shaper of what will be.